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Consumer Price Index News Release


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                      CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:  MAY 2008
 
      The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.8 percent in May, before seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor
 Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  The May level
 of 216.632 (1982-84=100) was 4.2 percent higher than in May 2007.
      
      The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 1.0 percent in May, prior to seasonal adjustment.
 The May level of 212.788 (1982-84=100) was 4.5 percent higher than in
 May 2007.
      
      The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 0.6 percent in May on a not seasonally adjusted basis.  The
 May level of 124.645 (December 1999=100) was 3.6 percent higher
 than in May 2007.  Please note that the indexes for the post-2006 period
 are subject to revision.
 
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
      
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U advanced 0.6 percent in
 May, following a 0.2 percent increase in April.   The index for energy,
 which was virtually unchanged in April, increased 4.4 percent in May.  The
 index for petroleum-based energy advanced 5.8 percent and the index for
 energy services rose 2.3 percent.  The food index rose 0.3 percent in May.
 The index for food at home, which advanced 1.5 percent in April, also
 increased 0.3 percent, as five of the six major grocery store food groups
 registered substantial deceleration.  The index for all items less food
 and energy advanced 0.2 percent in May, following a 0.1 percent rise in
 April.  Upturns in the indexes for lodging away from home, for public
 transportation, and for household furnishings and operations more than
 offset a downturn in the index for apparel.

  Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                  Seasonally adjusted                      
                                                                           
                                                                           
     Expenditure                                         Compound          
      Category          Changes from preceding month      annual     Un-   
                                                           rate    adjusted
                                                          3-mos.   12-mos. 
                     Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.  May   ended     ended  
                     2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008  May 2008  May 2008                                                                                                                                            
 All items..........   .9   .4   .4   .0   .3   .2   .6       4.9       4.2
  Food and beverages   .4   .1   .7   .4   .2   .9   .3       5.9       5.0
  Housing...........   .4   .3   .2   .2   .4   .3   .5       4.9       3.3
  Apparel...........   .6   .1   .4  -.3 -1.3   .5  -.3      -4.3       -.6
  Transportation....  3.5  1.0   .5  -.7   .7  -.7  2.0       8.7       8.1
  Medical care......   .4   .3   .5   .1   .1   .2   .2       1.8       4.1
  Recreation........   .2   .0   .2   .1   .3  -.1   .1       1.0       1.2
  Education and                                                            
     communication..   .0   .3   .4   .1   .3   .4   .4       4.2       3.0
  Other goods and                                                          
     services.......   .2   .3   .4   .2   .4   .5   .4       5.3       3.6
 Special indexes:                                                          
  Energy............  6.9  1.7   .7  -.5  1.9   .0  4.4      28.2      17.4
  Food..............   .4   .1   .7   .4   .2   .9   .3       6.2       5.1
  All items less                                                           
     food and energy   .2   .2   .3   .0   .2   .1   .2       1.8       2.3
     
      During the first five months of 2008, the CPI-U rose at a 4.0 percent
 seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR).  This compares with an increase of
 4.1 percent for all of 2007.  The index for energy advanced at a 16.5
 percent SAAR in the first five months of 2008 after advancing 17.4 percent
 in all of 2007.  Petroleum-based energy costs increased at a 13.9 percent
 annual rate and charges for energy services rose at a 20.3 percent
 annual rate.  The food index has increased at a 6.3 percent SAAR thus far
 this year, following a 4.9 percent rise for all of 2007.  Excluding food
 and energy, the CPI-U advanced at a 2.0 percent SAAR in the first five
 months, following a 2.4 percent rise for all of 2007.
      
      The food and beverages index rose 0.3 percent in May.  The index for
 food at home increased 0.3 percent, following a 1.5 percent rise in April.
 The index for cereal and bakery products recorded its fourth consecutive
 large advance--up 1.6 percent in May.  Each of the other six major
 grocery store food groups decelerated in May.  The index for fruits and
 vegetables, which increased 2.0 percent in April, was virtually unchanged
 in May.  A 0.7 percent decline in the indexes for fresh fruits offset
 increases in the indexes for fresh vegetables and processed fruits and
 vegetables--up 0.5 and 0.4 percent, respectively.  The index for meats,
 poultry, fish, and eggs, which advanced 0.9 percent in April, rose 0.1
 percent in May.  Beef prices, which declined 1.1 percent in April, rose
 1.5 percent in May.  Prices for poultry and for fish and seafood increased
 0.8 and 0.9 percent, respectively.  These increases were largely offset by
 decreases in the indexes for pork, for other meats, and for eggs.  The
 index for dairy products declined 0.1 percent, following a  1.2 percent
 increase in April.  Milk prices fell 0.7 percent, but were 10.2 percent
 higher than in May 2007.  The index for nonalcoholic beverages, which
 increased 1.7 percent in April, declined 0.9 percent in May reflecting a
 2.2 percent drop in the index for carbonated drinks.  The index for other
 food at home rose 0.5 percent after advancing 1.9 percent in April.  The
 other two components of the food and beverages index--food away from home
 and alcoholic beverages--increased 0.4 and 0.1 percent, respectively.
      
      The index for housing rose 0.5 percent in May.  The index for shelter
 increased 0.2 percent, following a 0.1 percent rise in April.  Within
 shelter, the indexes for rent and owners' equivalent rent increased 0.2
 and 0.1 percent, respectively.  The index for lodging away from home,
 which had declined in each of the preceding three months, increased 1.3
 percent in May.  (Prior to seasonal adjustment, charges for lodging away
 from home declined 0.5 percent in May.)  The index for household energy
 registered its fourth consecutive large increase--up 2.8 percent in May.
 The index for fuel oil rose 10.4 percent and was 64.0 percent higher
 than in May 2007.  The indexes for natural gas and for electricity rose
 5.6 and 0.9 percent, respectively.  During the last 12 months charges for
 natural gas and for electricity increased 16.5 and 5.8 percent,
 respectively.  The index for household furnishings and operations, which
 declined 0.1 percent in April, increased 0.2 percent in May.
      
      The transportation index advanced 2.0 percent in May, reflecting
 large increases in the indexes for motor fuel and public transportation.
 The index for gasoline rose 5.7 percent and was 20.8 percent higher than
 in May 2007.  (Prior to seasonal adjustment, gasoline prices in May
 rose 9.5 percent above their previous peak level recorded in April.)   The
 index for new vehicles declined 0.1 percent and was 1.2 percent lower than
 in May 2007.  The index for used cars and trucks also declined 0.3 percent
 in May, but was 1.4 percent higher than a year ago.  The index for public
 transportation advanced 2.3 percent in May, reflecting a 3.2 percent
 increase in the index for airline fares.  (Prior to seasonal adjustment,
 airline fares rose 4.2 percent and were 14.4 percent higher than a year
 ago.)
      
      The index for apparel fell 0.3 percent in May following a 0.5
 percent increase in April.  (Prior to seasonal adjustment, apparel prices
 declined 1.1 percent.  Prices for women's and girls apparel decreased 2.2
 percent.  During the last 12 months, prices for women's and girls'
 clothing fell 5.0 percent, while prices for men's and boys' apparel
 increased 1.9 percent.)
      
      Medical care costs rose 0.2 percent in May and were 4.1 percent
 higher than a year ago.  The index for medical care commodities--
 prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and medical supplies--declined
 for the second consecutive month--down 0.7 percent in May.  The index for
 medical care services increased 0.5 percent.  Within the latter group, the
 indexes for professional services and for hospital and related services
 increased 0.7 and 0.4 percent, respectively.
      
      The index for recreation, which declined 0.1 percent in April, rose
 0.1 percent in May.  Upturns in the indexes for admissions to movies,
 theaters, concerts, and sporting events and for photography, coupled with
 larger increases in the indexes for sporting goods and for pets, pet
 products and services more than offset declines in the indexes for video
 and audio and for toys.
      
      The index for education and communication increased 0.4 percent in
 May.  Educational costs rose 0.4 percent and the index for communication
 costs rose 0.3 percent.  Within the latter category, increases in charges
 for telephone services more than offset a decline in the index for
 information technology, hardware and services.  Local land-line telephone
 charges rose 0.3 percent and long distance land-line telephone charges
 rose 1.3 percent; wireless telephone services were unchanged.  The index
 for information technology, hardware and services declined 0.5 percent,
 reflecting decreases in the indexes for personal computers and peripheral
 equipment and for computer software and accessories.
      
      The index for other goods and services increased 0.4 percent in May.
 The index for tobacco and smoking products rose 0.8 percent and accounted
 for more than half of the increase in this major group.
      
      
 CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
 
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
 Clerical Workers increased 0.7 percent in May.

Table B. Percent changes in CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
          Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                  Seasonally adjusted                      
                                                                           
                                                                           
     Expenditure                                         Compound          
      Category          Changes from preceding month      annual     Un-   
                                                           rate    adjusted
                                                          3-mos.   12-mos. 
                     Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.  May   ended     ended  
                     2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008  May 2008  May 2008                                                                                                                                                
 All items..........  1.0   .4   .4   .0   .4   .2   .7       5.4       4.5
  Food and beverages   .3   .1   .7   .3   .2   .9   .3       6.0       4.9
  Housing...........   .4   .2   .2   .2   .5   .4   .5       5.7       3.5
  Apparel...........   .4   .2   .8  -.3 -1.2   .2  -.2      -4.8       -.4
  Transportation....  3.8  1.1   .7  -.7   .7  -.7  2.1       8.9       8.7
  Medical care......   .4   .3   .6   .1   .1   .2   .1       1.7       4.2
  Recreation........   .1   .1   .2   .1   .3  -.2   .0        .8        .9
  Education and                                                            
     communication..   .0   .2   .3   .1   .2   .4   .3       4.0       2.5
  Other goods and                                                          
     services.......   .2   .4   .5   .3   .4   .4   .5       5.2       3.9
 Special indexes:                                                          
  Energy............  7.2  1.8   .8  -.7  1.9  -.2  4.5      27.7      17.5
  Food..............   .3   .1   .7   .3   .2  1.0   .3       6.3       5.1
  All items less                                                           
     food and energy   .2   .2   .3   .0   .1   .1   .2       1.8       2.3

     Consumer Price Index data for June are scheduled for release on
 Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at 8:30 A.M. (EDT).
     
     

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 Brief Explanation of the CPI
      
      The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in
 prices over time of goods and services purchased by households.  The
 Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups:  (1)
 the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which covers
 households of wage earners and clerical workers that comprise
 approximately 32 percent of the total population and (2) the CPI for All
 Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Chained CPI for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-
 U), which cover approximately 87 percent of the total population and
 include in addition to wage earners and clerical worker households, groups
 such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-
 employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not
 in the labor force.
      
      The CPIs are based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels,
 transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs,
 and other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living.
 Prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country from about
 50,000 housing units and approximately 23,000 retail establishments-
 department stores, supermarkets, hospitals, filling stations, and other
 types of stores and service establishments.  All taxes directly associated
 with the purchase and use of items are included in the index.  Prices of
 fuels and a few other items are obtained every month in all 87 locations.
 Prices of most other commodities and services are collected every month in
 the three largest geographic areas and every other month in other areas.
 Prices of most goods and services are obtained by personal visits or
 telephone calls of the Bureau's trained representatives.
      
      In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each
 location are averaged together with weights, which represent their
 importance in the spending of the appropriate population group.  Local
 data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average.  For the CPI-U and
 CPI-W separate indexes are also published by size of city, by region of
 the country, for cross-classifications of regions and population-size
 classes, and for 27 local areas.  Area indexes do not measure differences
 in the level of prices among cities; they only measure the average change
 in prices for each area since the base period.  For the C-CPI-U data are
 issued only at the national level.  It is important to note that the CPI-U
 and CPI-W are considered final when released, but the C-CPI-U is issued in
 preliminary form and subject to two annual revisions.
      
      The index measures price change from a designed reference date.  For
 the CPI-U and the CPI-W the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100.0. The
 reference base for the C-CPI-U is December 1999 equals 100.
 An increase of 16.5 percent from the reference base, for example, is shown
 as 116.5.  This change can also be expressed in dollars as follows:  the
 price of a base period market basket of goods and services in the CPI has
 risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65.
      
      For further details visit the CPI home page on the Internet at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ or contact our CPI Information and Analysis
 Section on (202) 691-7000.
      
 
 
 
 
 Note on Sampling Error in the Consumer Price Index
                                     
      The CPI is a statistical estimate that is subject to sampling error
 because it is based upon a sample of retail prices and not the complete
 universe of all prices.  BLS calculates and publishes estimates of the 1-
 month, 2-month, 6-month and 12-month percent change standard errors
 annually, for the CPI-U.  These standard error estimates can be used to
 construct confidence intervals for hypothesis testing.  For example, the
 estimated standard error of the 1 month percent change is 0.06 percent for
 the U.S. All Items Consumer Price Index.  This means that if we repeatedly
 sample from the universe of all retail prices using the same methodology,
 and estimate a percentage change for each sample, then 95% of these
 estimates would be within 0.12 percent of the 1 month percentage change
 based on all retail prices.  For a 1-month change of 0.2 percent in the
 All Items CPI for All Urban Consumers, we are 95 percent confident that
 the actual percent change based on all retail prices would fall between
 0.08 and 0.32 percent.  For the latest data, including information on how
 to use the estimates of standard error, see "Variance Estimates for
 Changes in the Consumer Price Index, January 2005- December 2005" in the
 CPI Detailed Report, February 2006.  These data are available on the CPI
 home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), using the following link
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2006.pdf
      
 
 Calculating Index Changes
 
       Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually
 expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points, because
 index point changes are affected by the level of the index in relation to
 its
 base period while percent changes are not.  The example below illustrates
 the computation of index point and percent changes.
      
       Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as
 annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for
 compound growth rates.  These data indicate what the percent change would
 be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period.
 
 Index Point Change
 
 CPI
 202.416
 Less previous index
 201.800
 Equals index point change
 .616
 
 Percent Change
 
 Index point difference
 .616
 Divided by the previous index
 201.800
 Equals
 0.003
 Results multiplied by one hundred
 0.003x100
 Equals percent change
 0.3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Regions Defined
 
 The states in the four regions shown in Tables 3 and 6 are listed below.
 
 The Northeast--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York,
 New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
 The Midwest--Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
 Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
 The South--Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
 Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
 Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of
 Columbia.
 The West--Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana,
 Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
 
 
 
 
 A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
 
 
      Because price data are used for different purposes by different
 groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted as
 well as unadjusted changes each month.
      
      For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally
 adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the effect of
 changes that normally occur at the same time and in about the same
 magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from changing
 climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers, holidays, and
 sales.
      
      The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned
 about the prices they actually pay.  Unadjusted data also are used
 extensively for escalation purposes.  Many collective bargaining contract
 agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation changes to the
 Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal variation.
      
      Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes
 are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method.  Seasonally
 adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually.  Each year,
 the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised.  Data from
 January 2003 through December 2007 were replaced in January 2008.
 Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated seasonal data
 at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through 1977; and, in January
 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series were revised for January 1987-
 December 2001 as a result of a change in the aggregation weights for
 dependently adjusted series. For further information, please see
 "Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted Seasonally Adjusted Series," in the
 October 2001 issue of the CPI Detailed Report.
      
      The seasonal movement of All items and 54 other aggregations is
 derived by combining the seasonal movement of 73 selected components.
 Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based upon
 certain statistical criteria.  If any of the 73 components change their
 seasonal adjustment status from seasonally adjusted to not seasonally
 adjusted, not seasonally adjusted data will be used in the aggregation of
 the dependent series for the last 5 years, but the seasonally adjusted
 indexes will be used before that period.  Note: 48 of the 73 components
 are seasonally adjusted for 2008.
      
      
      
      
      Seasonally adjusted data, including the All items index levels, are
 subject to revision for up to five years after their original release.
 For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data in escalation
 agreements.
      
      Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment
 procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some CPI
 series.  Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for better
 estimates of seasonally adjusted data.  Extreme values and/or sharp
 movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are estimated and
 removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal factors.  Beginning
 with the calculation of seasonal factors for 1996, X-12-ARIMA software was
 used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment.
      
      For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2008, BLS adjusted 20
 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including selected
 food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and vehicles.  For
 example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel series to offset the
 effects of events such as damage to oil refineries from Hurricane Katrina.
      
      For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment
 series and explanations, please refer to the article "Intervention
 Analysis Seasonal Adjustment," located on our website at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm.
      
      For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please
 write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices and
 Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact Jeff Wilson at (202) 691-
 6968, or by e-mail at Wilson.Jeff@bls.gov.  If you have general questions
 about the CPI, please call our information staff at (202) 691-7000.
 
 
 
 
 
 



 Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity
 and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                           to May 2008    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2007       Apr.        May                      Feb.    Mar.    Apr. 
                                                              2008       2008      May     Apr.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2007    2008    Mar.    Apr.    May  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    214.823    216.632     4.2     0.8     0.3     0.2     0.6 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    643.515    648.933       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     14.914    211.365    212.251     5.0     0.4     0.2     0.9     0.3 
   Food.......................................     13.833    211.102    212.054     5.1     0.5     0.2     0.9     0.3 
    Food at home..............................      7.660    210.851    211.863     5.8     0.5     0.2     1.5     0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.030    240.034    244.192    10.5     1.7     1.3     1.4     1.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.807    200.770    200.960     2.6     0.1     0.0     0.9     0.1 
     Dairy and related products...............       .887    207.680    207.778    11.0     0.0    -0.8     1.2    -0.1 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.156    272.746    276.481     4.4     1.4     0.1     2.0     0.0 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .928    159.730    158.336     3.6    -0.9     0.3     1.7    -0.9 
     Other food at home.......................      1.852    181.806    182.680     5.8     0.5     0.1     1.9     0.5 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .277    184.878    185.097     5.5     0.1     1.0     1.2     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .205    190.640    193.364    12.8     1.4    -0.7     5.1     0.6 
      Other foods.............................      1.369    195.993    196.787     4.7     0.4     0.0     1.5     0.5 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .404    118.500    118.744     3.5     0.2    -0.7     1.0     0.2 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.173    213.083    213.967     4.3     0.4     0.3     0.3     0.4 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .297    148.667    149.666     4.5     0.7     0.1     0.1     0.7 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.080    213.503    213.532     3.4     0.0    -0.1     0.6     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     42.427    214.890    215.809     3.3     0.4     0.4     0.3     0.5 
   Shelter....................................     32.596    246.004    246.069     2.6     0.0     0.1     0.1     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.765    241.474    241.803     3.5     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.2 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.564    146.378    145.634     1.1    -0.5    -0.6    -1.9     1.3 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     23.942    251.418    251.576     2.6     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .325    118.422    118.411     1.7     0.0     0.1     0.6     0.0 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.128    213.302    219.881    10.7     3.1     2.0     2.2     2.4 
    Household energy..........................      4.215    194.121    201.212    11.9     3.7     2.3     2.6     2.8 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .351    342.811    363.872    50.7     6.1     7.9     3.6     7.9 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      3.864    194.379    200.999     8.8     3.4     1.9     2.5     2.3 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .913    149.536    150.069     5.3     0.4     0.3     0.3     0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.702    127.332    127.598     0.2     0.2     0.5    -0.1     0.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .737    145.784    146.957     4.6     0.8     1.1     0.5     0.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.731    122.113    120.752    -0.6    -1.1    -1.3     0.5    -0.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .935    116.653    116.479     1.9    -0.1    -0.8     0.4     0.3 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.600    111.221    108.722    -5.0    -2.2    -2.6     0.0    -0.3 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .185    116.358    114.582     0.8    -1.5    -1.7     0.6    -0.9 
   Footwear...................................       .679    126.212    125.537     2.0    -0.5    -0.1     0.9     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.688    198.608    205.262     8.1     3.4     0.7    -0.7     2.0 
   Private transportation.....................     16.583    194.574    201.133     7.9     3.4     0.6    -0.7     2.0 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.191     93.973     93.705    -0.3    -0.3    -0.1    -0.2    -0.1 
     New vehicles.............................      4.632    135.175    134.669    -1.2    -0.4    -0.1    -0.2    -0.1 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      1.773    136.787    136.325     1.4    -0.3     0.0    -0.3    -0.3 
    Motor fuel................................      5.482    294.291    322.124    21.2     9.5     1.6    -1.9     5.7 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      5.215    291.910    319.787    20.8     9.5     1.3    -2.0     5.7 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .356    126.049    126.824     4.8     0.6     0.9    -0.2     0.6 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.123    230.528    231.730     4.4     0.5     0.5     0.4     0.5 
   Public transportation......................      1.106    244.164    251.600    10.2     3.0     2.5    -0.4     2.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.231    363.184    363.396     4.1     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.601    296.951    294.896     2.2    -0.7     0.4    -0.2    -0.7 
   Medical care services......................      4.630    383.292    384.505     4.7     0.3     0.1     0.3     0.5 
    Professional services.....................      2.626    309.227    310.917     3.7     0.5     0.1     0.2     0.7 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.467    530.144    531.022     7.5     0.2     0.2     0.5     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.647    112.874    112.987     1.2     0.1     0.3    -0.1     0.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.843    103.477    102.988    -0.6    -0.5     0.2    -0.4    -0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.086    122.073    122.348     3.0     0.2     0.3     0.4     0.4 
   Education (2)..............................      2.944    177.754    177.994     5.7     0.1     0.4     0.6     0.4 
    Educational books and supplies............       .207    442.160    442.770     6.8     0.1     0.3     0.9     0.4 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.736    511.887    512.579     5.6     0.1     0.4     0.6     0.4 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.142     83.670     83.929     0.2     0.3     0.1     0.2     0.3 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      2.975     80.921     81.080    -0.1     0.2     0.1     0.2     0.2 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.342     99.494     99.879     1.4     0.4     0.2     0.5     0.4 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .634     10.170     10.118    -6.2    -0.5    -0.1    -0.7    -0.5 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .242     98.853     97.028   -13.0    -1.8    -0.2    -1.5    -1.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.277    343.410    344.709     3.6     0.4     0.4     0.5     0.4 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .731    576.359    581.185     5.7     0.8    -0.1     0.3     0.8 
   Personal care..............................      2.546    201.028    201.523     3.0     0.2     0.6     0.6     0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .639    159.398    158.790     0.1    -0.4     0.5     0.6    -0.4 
    Personal care services (1)................       .629    222.799    223.649     3.4     0.4     0.9     0.0     0.4 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.044    337.685    339.824     4.7     0.6     0.3     0.7     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     41.269    175.838    178.341     5.1     1.4     0.3     0.1     0.9 
  Food and beverages..........................     14.914    211.365    212.251     5.0     0.4     0.2     0.9     0.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     26.356    155.690    158.778     5.1     2.0     0.4    -0.4     1.2 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     15.519    200.926    207.875     9.4     3.5     0.8    -0.5     2.4 
    Apparel...................................      3.731    122.113    120.752    -0.6    -1.1    -1.3     0.5    -0.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     11.787    254.599    266.943    12.6     4.8     1.5    -0.9     2.9 
   Durables...................................     10.837    111.671    111.362    -1.1    -0.3     0.0    -0.3    -0.2 
 Services.....................................     58.731    253.426    254.509     3.5     0.4     0.4     0.3     0.5 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.271    256.463    256.532     2.6     0.0     0.2     0.0     0.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .325    118.422    118.411     1.7     0.0     0.1     0.6     0.0 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      3.864    194.379    200.999     8.8     3.4     1.9     2.5     2.3 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .913    149.536    150.069     5.3     0.4     0.3     0.3     0.4 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .737    145.784    146.957     4.6     0.8     1.1     0.5     0.8 
  Transportation services.....................      5.350    240.150    242.343     4.6     0.9     0.7     0.1     0.8 
  Medical care services.......................      4.630    383.292    384.505     4.7     0.3     0.1     0.3     0.5 
  Other services..............................     10.641    293.016    293.959     3.3     0.3     0.4     0.3     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     86.167    215.462    217.411     4.0     0.9     0.4     0.1     0.7 
 All items less shelter.......................     67.404    205.040    207.566     4.9     1.2     0.4     0.3     0.9 
 All items less medical care..................     93.769    207.317    209.170     4.2     0.9     0.4     0.2     0.7 
 Commodities less food........................     27.436    157.870    160.880     5.0     1.9     0.4    -0.3     1.2 
 Nondurables less food........................     16.599    201.693    208.233     9.0     3.2     0.9     0.1     2.5 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     12.868    249.571    260.703    11.8     4.5     1.6    -0.4     2.8 
 Nondurables..................................     30.432    207.096    211.240     7.3     2.0     0.7     0.5     1.5 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.460    269.007    271.467     4.7     0.9     0.7     0.6     0.9 
 Services less medical care services..........     54.101    242.921    243.982     3.4     0.4     0.4     0.3     0.5 
 Energy.......................................      9.698    240.194    257.106    17.4     7.0     1.9     0.0     4.4 
 All items less energy........................     90.302    213.851    214.101     2.7     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     76.469    215.059    215.180     2.3     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.602    141.156    140.677     0.1    -0.3    -0.1     0.0    -0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      5.834    298.757    326.414    22.9     9.3     2.0    -1.6     5.8 
   Services less energy services..............     54.867    259.503    260.049     3.2     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.3 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .465     $ .462       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .155     $ .154       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 2. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and
 commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-U                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               Feb.      Mar.      Apr.      May                                                   
                                               2008      2008      2008      2008                                                  
                                                                                      Aug.    Nov.    Feb.    May     Nov.    May  
                                                                                      2007    2007    2008    2008    2007    2008 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  212.571   213.301   213.743   215.132     2.0     6.3     3.1     4.9     4.1     4.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  209.087   209.517   211.442   212.091     5.2     4.2     4.6     5.9     4.7     5.2 
   Food....................................  208.778   209.255   211.232   211.918     5.3     4.3     4.7     6.2     4.8     5.4 
    Food at home...........................  207.633   207.971   211.085   211.620     5.4     4.4     5.3     7.9     4.9     6.6 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  233.287   236.325   239.619   243.503     5.0     6.5    12.4    18.7     5.8    15.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  199.499   199.527   201.404   201.610     1.4     2.5     2.3     4.3     2.0     3.3 
     Dairy and related products............  207.341   205.624   207.992   207.808    36.1     6.7     3.4     0.9    20.5     2.1 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  268.642   268.864   274.120   274.113    -3.2    10.9     2.2     8.4     3.6     5.3 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  156.743   157.218   159.868   158.445     5.8    -0.5     4.8     4.4     2.6     4.6 
     Other food at home....................  177.957   178.157   181.508   182.434     3.5     2.7     6.8    10.4     3.1     8.6 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  180.431   182.273   184.421   185.210     4.4     4.2     2.6    11.0     4.3     6.7 
      Fats and oils........................  183.396   182.190   191.560   192.640     8.1     5.9    16.1    21.7     7.0    18.9 
      Other foods..........................  192.472   192.565   195.506   196.520     2.5     1.7     6.2     8.7     2.1     7.4 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  118.182   117.321   118.500   118.744     4.9    -2.3    10.0     1.9     1.2     5.9 
    Food away from home (1)................  211.878   212.537   213.083   213.967     5.0     4.1     3.9     4.0     4.6     4.0 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  148.385   148.564   148.667   149.666     6.3     3.5     4.9     3.5     4.9     4.2 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  211.841   211.645   212.894   213.067     4.2     2.8     4.1     2.3     3.5     3.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  213.313   214.204   214.850   215.876     2.1     3.5     2.8     4.9     2.8     3.8 
   Shelter.................................  244.837   245.200   245.335   245.822     3.1     3.1     2.6     1.6     3.1     2.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  240.191   240.763   241.489   241.919     3.0     4.5     3.6     2.9     3.8     3.3 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  144.953   144.128   141.456   143.357     8.8    -0.9     1.0    -4.3     3.9    -1.7 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  250.413   250.941   251.461   251.656     2.5     3.2     2.6     2.0     2.9     2.3 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  117.622   117.701   118.422   118.411     1.9     0.2     2.2     2.7     1.1     2.4 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  208.175   212.311   216.921   222.094    -1.2    10.2     6.5    29.5     4.4    17.5 
    Household energy.......................  188.722   193.154   198.101   203.609    -2.5    11.2     6.7    35.5     4.1    20.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  302.465   326.372   338.212   364.824    16.5    72.4    21.3   111.7    41.7    60.2 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  190.706   194.239   199.018   203.584    -4.0     6.7     5.3    29.9     1.2    16.9 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  148.647   149.080   149.537   150.203     5.7     5.4     5.7     4.3     5.6     5.0 
   Household furnishings and operations....  126.510   127.205   127.076   127.352    -1.1    -1.0     0.3     2.7    -1.0     1.5 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  143.500   145.034   145.784   146.957     1.4     1.8     5.4    10.0     1.6     7.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  119.352   117.819   118.363   118.043    -1.9     3.4     0.8    -4.3     0.7    -1.8 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  114.213   113.256   113.763   114.153     0.6     0.4     6.8    -0.2     0.5     3.3 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  108.393   105.548   105.549   105.181    -6.1     2.1    -4.2   -11.3    -2.0    -7.9 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  115.627   113.658   114.388   113.408    -0.2    12.2    -0.3    -7.5     5.8    -3.9 
   Footwear................................  123.304   123.193   124.302   124.290     1.7     3.9    -0.7     3.2     2.8     1.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  194.390   195.797   194.483   198.465    -0.5    19.5     3.5     8.7     9.1     6.1 
   Private transportation..................  190.437   191.585   190.264   194.122    -0.8    20.0     3.4     8.0     9.1     5.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   94.156    94.068    93.859    93.798     2.2    -0.9    -0.9    -1.5     0.6    -1.2 
     New vehicles..........................  135.195   135.024   134.772   134.693     0.1    -0.9    -2.5    -1.5    -0.4    -2.0 
     Used cars and trucks (1)..............  137.248   137.225   136.787   136.325     8.1    -1.5     1.9    -2.7     3.2    -0.4 
    Motor fuel.............................  277.448   281.996   276.571   292.243    -8.5    77.6     7.8    23.1    27.5    15.2 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  276.131   279.818   274.251   289.943    -8.7    77.9     7.7    21.6    27.4    14.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  125.225   126.325   126.049   126.824     2.5     5.9     5.7     5.2     4.2     5.5 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair...  228.425   229.641   230.660   231.822     3.9     2.2     5.4     6.1     3.0     5.7 
   Public transportation...................  239.080   245.136   244.145   249.869     4.8    12.8     4.7    19.3     8.7    11.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  361.168   361.697   362.243   362.801     5.5     5.2     3.9     1.8     5.4     2.8 
   Medical care commodities................  296.151   297.377   296.876   294.687     3.4     3.5     3.9    -2.0     3.4     0.9 
   Medical care services...................  380.787   380.994   381.990   383.752     6.1     5.8     3.9     3.2     6.0     3.5 
    Professional services..................  307.160   307.527   308.120   310.154     4.7     3.3     3.0     4.0     4.0     3.5 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  524.634   525.672   528.453   530.603     7.7     9.7     7.9     4.6     8.7     6.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  112.373   112.656   112.588   112.663    -0.5     2.7     1.4     1.0     1.1     1.2 
   Video and audio (2).....................  103.147   103.370   102.948   102.443    -2.3     2.2     0.7    -2.7    -0.1    -1.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  121.745   122.075   122.564   123.004     2.4     2.1     3.2     4.2     2.2     3.7 
   Education (2)...........................  177.406   178.144   179.234   179.968     5.2     6.0     5.6     5.9     5.6     5.8 
    Educational books and supplies.........  436.364   437.600   441.736   443.715    12.4     4.6     3.4     6.9     8.4     5.2 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  511.324   513.503   516.515   518.616     4.7     6.1     5.8     5.8     5.4     5.8 
   Communication (2).......................   83.388    83.500    83.669    83.929    -0.5    -1.9     0.6     2.6    -1.2     1.6 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   80.638    80.752    80.921    81.080    -1.0    -2.1     0.6     2.2    -1.6     1.4 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............   98.837    99.031    99.494    99.879     1.3    -0.2     0.3     4.3     0.6     2.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.253    10.246    10.170    10.118   -10.7   -10.4     1.9    -5.2   -10.5    -1.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................  100.545   100.359    98.853    97.028   -16.8   -22.2     1.8   -13.3   -19.5    -6.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  339.869   341.374   343.072   344.305     2.0     3.2     3.9     5.3     2.6     4.6 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  575.227   574.890   576.359   581.185     4.1     5.0     9.8     4.2     4.5     7.0 
   Personal care...........................  198.473   199.641   200.773   201.219     1.4     2.7     2.2     5.7     2.1     3.9 
    Personal care products (1).............  157.677   158.440   159.398   158.790    -2.0     2.0    -2.2     2.9     0.0     0.3 
    Personal care services (1).............  220.848   222.752   222.799   223.649     1.5     2.9     4.2     5.2     2.2     4.7 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  333.716   334.878   337.233   339.034     2.7     3.7     5.7     6.5     3.2     6.1 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  173.011   173.575   173.718   175.279     0.9    10.3     3.1     5.3     5.5     4.2 
  Food and beverages.......................  209.087   209.517   211.442   212.091     5.2     4.2     4.6     5.9     4.7     5.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  152.726   153.327   152.734   154.620    -1.6    14.0     2.2     5.1     5.9     3.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  195.406   196.898   195.857   200.497    -5.7    31.2     4.4    10.8    11.2     7.6 
    Apparel................................  119.352   117.819   118.363   118.043    -1.9     3.4     0.8    -4.3     0.7    -1.8 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  246.666   250.287   248.038   255.265     0.3    24.5    12.2    14.7    11.7    13.4 
   Durables................................  111.756   111.800   111.417   111.227    -0.4    -0.9    -1.4    -1.9    -0.6    -1.7 
 Services..................................  251.804   252.703   253.456   254.643     2.8     3.6     3.2     4.6     3.2     3.9 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  255.267   255.657   255.735   256.268     3.1     3.0     2.7     1.6     3.1     2.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   117.622   117.701   118.422   118.411     1.9     0.2     2.2     2.7     1.1     2.4 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  190.706   194.239   199.018   203.584    -4.0     6.7     5.3    29.9     1.2    16.9 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  148.647   149.080   149.537   150.203     5.7     5.4     5.7     4.3     5.6     5.0 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  143.500   145.034   145.784   146.957     1.4     1.8     5.4    10.0     1.6     7.7 
  Transportation services..................  238.389   240.053   240.412   242.389     4.2     3.1     4.0     6.9     3.6     5.5 
  Medical care services....................  380.787   380.994   381.990   383.752     6.1     5.8     3.9     3.2     6.0     3.5 
  Other services...........................  291.364   292.410   293.296   294.450     2.0     3.5     3.4     4.3     2.7     3.8 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  213.221   213.992   214.183   215.688     1.5     6.6     2.9     4.7     4.0     3.8 
 All items less shelter....................  202.328   203.213   203.782   205.548     1.5     7.9     3.4     6.5     4.6     5.0 
 All items less medical care...............  205.076   205.807   206.241   207.649     1.8     6.3     3.1     5.1     4.1     4.1 
 Commodities less food.....................  154.934   155.514   154.972   156.814    -1.4    13.5     2.3     4.9     5.8     3.6 
 Nondurables less food.....................  195.304   197.043   197.193   202.150    -6.5    27.7     3.0    14.8     9.2     8.7 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  241.207   245.015   244.131   250.889    -1.2    23.8     9.2    17.0    10.6    13.1 
 Nondurables...............................  202.376   203.730   204.711   207.834    -1.3    15.8     4.2    11.2     6.9     7.7 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  266.373   268.136   269.814   272.112     2.7     3.6     3.7     8.9     3.2     6.3 
 Services less medical care services.......  241.233   242.188   242.925   244.156     2.8     2.9     3.1     4.9     2.9     4.0 
 Energy....................................  229.390   233.839   233.804   244.107    -5.7    43.6     7.6    28.2    16.3    17.5 
 All items less energy.....................  212.471   212.819   213.314   213.786     2.9     2.9     2.7     2.5     2.9     2.6 
  All items less food and energy...........  213.851   214.176   214.398   214.832     2.5     2.6     2.3     1.8     2.5     2.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  140.316   140.180   140.193   140.010     0.4     0.5     0.4    -0.9     0.4    -0.2 
    Energy commodities.....................  280.566   286.164   281.614   297.965    -7.0    77.3     8.9    27.2    28.4    17.7 
   Services less energy services...........  258.078   258.722   259.084   259.944     3.3     3.4     3.1     2.9     3.3     3.0 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 3. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-U                      Pricing                                           May 2008 from--   Apr. 2008 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Feb.      Mar.      Apr.      May                                       
                                                          2008      2008      2008      2008    May   Mar.  Apr.  Apr.  Feb.  Mar.
                                                                                                2007  2008  2008  2007  2008  2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      211.693   213.528   214.823   216.632   4.2   1.5   0.8   3.9   1.5   0.6 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      225.213   226.926   228.133   230.089   4.3   1.4   0.9   3.9   1.3   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      227.411   229.087   230.038   232.005   4.1   1.3   0.9   3.6   1.2   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      133.511   134.611   135.739   136.913   4.9   1.7   0.9   4.8   1.7   0.8 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      201.896   203.723   205.393   207.168   4.0   1.7   0.9   4.0   1.7   0.8 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      203.347   205.141   206.590   208.291   3.7   1.5   0.8   3.6   1.6   0.7 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.922   130.121   131.484   132.682   4.3   2.0   0.9   4.6   2.0   1.0 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      197.596   199.472   200.841   202.720   4.8   1.6   0.9   4.8   1.6   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      205.060   206.676   208.085   210.006   4.6   1.6   0.9   4.2   1.5   0.7 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      207.605   209.065   209.987   211.846   4.4   1.3   0.9   4.0   1.1   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      130.351   131.442   132.516   133.714   4.6   1.7   0.9   4.3   1.7   0.8 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      205.189   206.933   208.746   211.225   5.1   2.1   1.2   4.2   1.7   0.9 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      216.339   218.533   219.437   221.009   3.7   1.1   0.7   3.5   1.4   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      219.799   221.997   222.689   224.704   3.7   1.2   0.9   3.3   1.3   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.538   132.896   133.694   134.023   3.8   0.8   0.2   3.8   1.6   0.6 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      193.685   195.314   196.191   197.898   4.0   1.3   0.9   3.6   1.3   0.4 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      130.728   131.892   132.974   133.997   4.4   1.6   0.8   4.3   1.7   0.8 
   D.........................................    M      203.803   205.730   207.238   209.308   4.6   1.7   1.0   4.4   1.7   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      209.526   211.542   212.662   214.932   4.5   1.6   1.1   4.2   1.5   0.5 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      221.431   223.606   224.625   226.651   3.7   1.4   0.9   3.1   1.4   0.5 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      231.020   233.122   233.822   236.151   4.0   1.3   1.0   3.6   1.2   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   233.084         -   235.344   4.0   1.0     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   202.500         -   204.882   4.4   1.2     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   198.596         -   202.357   5.0   1.9     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   138.090         -   139.649   5.0   1.1     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      204.166         -   206.371         -     -     -     -   3.7   1.1     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      202.378         -   205.281         -     -     -     -   2.4   1.4     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      187.585         -   188.795         -     -     -     -   2.5   0.6     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      219.082         -   221.324         -     -     -     -   4.9   1.0     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      220.935         -   223.622         -     -     -     -   3.9   1.2     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      219.612         -   222.074         -     -     -     -   2.9   1.1     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      221.728         -   223.196         -     -     -     -   3.4   0.7     - 

   1 Areas on pricing schedule 2 (see Table 10) will appear next month. 
   2 Regions defined as the four Census regions.  See technical notes.
   3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
   4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
   5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and
 July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI;
 Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA;
 St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
   6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 4. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city average, by expenditure
 category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                           to May 2008    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2007       Apr.        May                      Feb.    Mar.    Apr. 
                                                              2008       2008      May     Apr.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2007    2008    Mar.    Apr.    May  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    210.698    212.788     4.5     1.0     0.4     0.2     0.7 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    627.606    633.830       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.926    210.559    211.438     4.9     0.4     0.2     0.9     0.3 
   Food.......................................     14.901    210.252    211.200     5.1     0.5     0.2     1.0     0.3 
    Food at home..............................      8.595    209.657    210.624     5.7     0.5     0.2     1.5     0.2 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.110    240.663    244.648    10.6     1.7     1.3     1.5     1.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.192    200.285    200.501     2.6     0.1     0.1     0.9     0.2 
     Dairy and related products...............       .965    207.135    207.088    10.8     0.0    -0.9     1.2    -0.2 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.218    270.169    274.136     4.4     1.5     0.5     1.9     0.0 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.094    158.799    157.285     3.4    -1.0     0.1     1.6    -1.0 
     Other food at home.......................      2.016    181.215    182.241     5.9     0.6     0.0     1.9     0.6 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .279    183.725    184.127     5.8     0.2     0.9     1.2     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .232    191.560    194.228    12.7     1.4    -0.8     5.4     0.5 
      Other foods.............................      1.504    196.106    197.081     4.8     0.5     0.0     1.5     0.6 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .438    118.751    119.248     3.7     0.4    -0.9     0.8     0.4 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.305    212.794    213.723     4.2     0.4     0.3     0.3     0.4 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .218    147.335    148.517     3.8     0.8     0.2     0.1     0.8 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.025    213.633    213.486     3.3    -0.1    -0.2     0.5     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     39.994    210.161    211.191     3.5     0.5     0.5     0.4     0.5 
   Shelter....................................     30.397    238.261    238.353     2.7     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      7.979    240.507    240.818     3.5     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.2 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.233    145.936    144.979     0.8    -0.7    -0.7    -1.0     1.2 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     20.888    227.893    228.007     2.6     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .297    118.683    118.615     1.5    -0.1     0.1     0.6    -0.1 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.637    210.912    217.388    10.3     3.1     1.9     2.2     2.4 
    Household energy..........................      4.670    190.657    197.554    11.4     3.6     2.3     2.5     2.8 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .323    339.009    358.947    48.9     5.9     7.0     3.4     7.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.347    192.434    199.045     8.7     3.4     1.9     2.5     2.4 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .966    149.751    150.237     5.2     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.4 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      3.960    123.108    123.287     0.4     0.1     0.5     0.0     0.1 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .339    148.403    149.816     4.9     1.0     1.0     0.7     1.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.998    121.855    120.407    -0.4    -1.2    -1.2     0.2    -0.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.031    117.136    116.621     2.3    -0.4    -0.7     0.1     0.2 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.619    110.971    108.594    -5.0    -2.1    -2.5    -0.4    -0.3 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .251    119.200    117.213     1.4    -1.7    -1.6     0.6    -0.8 
   Footwear...................................       .821    126.150    125.335     1.9    -0.6     0.1     0.7    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     20.054    199.556    206.757     8.7     3.6     0.7    -0.7     2.1 
   Private transportation.....................     19.287    196.641    203.781     8.6     3.6     0.7    -0.7     2.1 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.952     93.158     92.850    -0.2    -0.3    -0.1    -0.2    -0.2 
     New vehicles.............................      4.172    136.456    135.933    -1.2    -0.4    -0.1    -0.1    -0.1 
     Used cars and trucks (1).................      3.103    137.616    137.145     1.3    -0.3     0.0    -0.3    -0.3 
    Motor fuel................................      6.940    295.618    323.495    21.3     9.4     1.7    -1.9     5.6 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      6.597    293.349    321.291    20.8     9.5     1.4    -2.0     5.7 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .446    126.032    126.742     5.0     0.6     0.9    -0.2     0.6 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair......      1.169    232.983    234.221     4.3     0.5     0.5     0.4     0.5 
   Public transportation......................       .767    241.966    249.310     9.8     3.0     2.4    -0.3     2.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.192    363.356    363.462     4.2     0.0     0.1     0.2     0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.295    288.796    286.825     1.9    -0.7     0.3    -0.2    -0.8 
   Medical care services......................      3.897    384.753    385.769     4.9     0.3     0.0     0.3     0.4 
    Professional services.....................      2.159    311.757    313.294     3.7     0.5     0.1     0.2     0.6 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.260    526.495    527.230     7.9     0.1     0.2     0.6     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.341    109.775    109.876     0.9     0.1     0.3    -0.2     0.0 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.987    103.414    102.958    -0.2    -0.4     0.2    -0.3    -0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      5.987    118.462    118.737     2.5     0.2     0.2     0.4     0.3 
   Education (2)..............................      2.377    175.545    175.791     5.5     0.1     0.4     0.6     0.4 
    Educational books and supplies............       .204    444.594    445.394     6.6     0.2     0.1     0.9     0.6 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.174    494.711    495.384     5.4     0.1     0.4     0.6     0.4 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.609     86.244     86.496     0.4     0.3     0.1     0.3     0.3 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.488     84.320     84.511     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.3     0.2 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.869     99.566     99.939     1.3     0.4     0.2     0.5     0.4 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .619     10.671     10.621    -5.5    -0.5    -0.1    -0.7    -0.5 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .228     98.820     97.010   -12.8    -1.8    -0.3    -1.4    -1.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.508    354.887    356.523     3.9     0.5     0.4     0.4     0.5 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.183    578.296    583.296     5.9     0.9    -0.1     0.2     0.9 
   Personal care..............................      2.325    198.859    199.367     3.0     0.3     0.6     0.6     0.2 
    Personal care products (1)................       .647    159.585    158.993     0.3    -0.4     0.5     0.5    -0.4 
    Personal care services (1)................       .560    223.088    223.922     3.4     0.4     0.8     0.0     0.4 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .910    338.851    341.212     4.8     0.7     0.3     0.7     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     44.745    178.900    181.837     5.6     1.6     0.4     0.0     1.0 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.926    210.559    211.438     4.9     0.4     0.2     0.9     0.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     28.819    160.488    164.188     6.0     2.3     0.4    -0.5     1.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     17.315    210.558    218.794    10.4     3.9     0.8    -0.6     2.7 
    Apparel...................................      3.998    121.855    120.407    -0.4    -1.2    -1.2     0.2    -0.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     13.318    270.496    285.024    13.7     5.4     1.8    -0.7     3.4 
   Durables...................................     11.504    112.171    111.845    -0.7    -0.3     0.0    -0.3    -0.2 
 Services.....................................     55.255    248.045    249.175     3.5     0.5     0.4     0.4     0.5 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.100    229.719    229.810     2.7     0.0     0.2     0.1     0.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .297    118.683    118.615     1.5    -0.1     0.1     0.6    -0.1 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.347    192.434    199.045     8.7     3.4     1.9     2.5     2.4 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .966    149.751    150.237     5.2     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.4 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .339    148.403    149.816     4.9     1.0     1.0     0.7     1.0 
  Transportation services.....................      5.266    239.044    240.728     4.0     0.7     0.5     0.2     0.7 
  Medical care services.......................      3.897    384.753    385.769     4.9     0.3     0.0     0.3     0.4 
  Other services..............................     10.042    281.829    282.720     2.9     0.3     0.4     0.3     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.099    210.583    212.870     4.4     1.1     0.4     0.1     0.8 
 All items less shelter.......................     69.603    202.931    205.774     5.3     1.4     0.4     0.3     1.0 
 All items less medical care..................     94.808    204.290    206.423     4.5     1.0     0.4     0.2     0.7 
 Commodities less food........................     29.844    162.455    166.070     5.9     2.2     0.4    -0.5     1.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     18.341    211.005    218.809    10.0     3.7     0.8    -0.6     2.5 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     14.343    264.488    277.717    12.9     5.0     1.7    -0.6     3.2 
 Nondurables..................................     33.241    211.757    216.582     7.9     2.3     0.7     0.2     1.6 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     25.155    237.922    240.181     4.6     0.9     0.7     0.7     0.9 
 Services less medical care services..........     51.358    238.048    239.167     3.4     0.5     0.4     0.4     0.5 
 Energy.......................................     11.610    241.518    258.903    17.5     7.2     1.9    -0.2     4.5 
 All items less energy........................     88.390    207.812    208.021     2.7     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     73.489    207.687    207.747     2.3     0.0     0.1     0.1     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.581    142.040    141.558     0.4    -0.3    -0.1     0.0    -0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      7.264    298.852    326.565    22.6     9.3     1.9    -1.7     5.7 
   Services less energy services..............     50.908    254.031    254.517     3.1     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.3 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .475     $ .470       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .159     $ .158       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 5. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-W                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               Feb.      Mar.      Apr.      May                                                   
                                               2008      2008      2008      2008                                                  
                                                                                      Aug.    Nov.    Feb.    May     Nov.    May  
                                                                                      2007    2007    2008    2008    2007    2008 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  208.298   209.064   209.543   211.044     1.8     6.9     3.4     5.4     4.4     4.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  208.257   208.709   210.669   211.319     5.2     4.0     4.6     6.0     4.6     5.3 
   Food....................................  207.901   208.406   210.420   211.101     5.3     4.1     4.5     6.3     4.7     5.4 
    Food at home...........................  206.527   206.912   209.945   210.454     5.5     4.3     5.0     7.8     4.9     6.4 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  233.733   236.729   240.305   243.972     5.1     6.4    12.6    18.7     5.8    15.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  198.931   199.175   200.888   201.242     1.7     2.5     1.9     4.7     2.1     3.3 
     Dairy and related products............  206.877   205.091   207.558   207.156    36.6     6.8     2.6     0.5    20.8     1.6 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  265.318   266.563   271.663   271.784    -3.3    10.7     0.7    10.1     3.4     5.3 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  156.437   156.572   159.034   157.428     5.7    -0.3     5.6     2.6     2.7     4.1 
     Other food at home....................  177.521   177.582   180.938   182.005     3.6     2.7     7.2    10.5     3.1     8.8 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  179.535   181.198   183.410   184.122     4.2     4.2     4.2    10.6     4.2     7.3 
      Fats and oils........................  184.099   182.605   192.519   193.415     7.5     6.3    15.7    21.8     6.9    18.7 
      Other foods..........................  192.783   192.789   195.607   196.873     2.6     1.6     6.4     8.8     2.1     7.6 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  118.828   117.754   118.751   119.248     4.6    -1.9    10.9     1.4     1.3     6.0 
    Food away from home (1)................  211.517   212.193   212.794   213.723     4.9     3.9     3.9     4.2     4.4     4.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  146.924   147.188   147.335   148.517     5.4     0.8     4.7     4.4     3.1     4.6 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  212.072   211.736   212.888   213.079     4.5     1.9     5.0     1.9     3.2     3.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  208.533   209.497   210.427   211.451     1.8     3.9     2.8     5.7     2.8     4.2 
   Shelter.................................  237.099   237.537   237.943   238.312     2.9     3.3     2.5     2.1     3.1     2.3 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  239.179   239.762   240.466   240.917     3.2     4.4     3.4     2.9     3.8     3.2 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  143.829   142.831   141.337   142.993     7.1     0.6    -1.7    -2.3     3.8    -2.0 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  226.982   227.481   227.924   228.112     2.4     3.1     2.7     2.0     2.8     2.4 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  117.921   117.999   118.683   118.615     1.6     0.3     1.9     2.4     0.9     2.1 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  205.930   209.904   214.459   219.616    -1.9    10.1     6.0    29.4     3.9    17.1 
    Household energy.......................  185.477   189.679   194.506   199.931    -3.3    11.0     6.2    35.0     3.6    19.7 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  301.932   323.185   334.332   359.850    18.2    70.7    20.8   101.8    42.0    56.1 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  188.475   192.089   196.843   201.596    -4.8     7.0     4.8    30.9     0.9    17.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  148.883   149.296   149.736   150.387     5.8     5.4     5.5     4.1     5.6     4.8 
   Household furnishings and operations....  122.330   122.902   122.893   123.075    -0.6    -0.8     0.6     2.5    -0.7     1.5 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  145.825   147.316   148.403   149.816     2.1     2.1     4.4    11.4     2.1     7.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  119.341   117.864   118.109   117.867    -1.2     2.2     2.5    -4.8     0.5    -1.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  114.759   113.914   114.080   114.340     0.7     1.5     8.7    -1.5     1.1     3.5 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  108.555   105.815   105.369   105.056    -3.6    -0.7    -3.0   -12.3    -2.2    -7.7 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  118.510   116.638   117.342   116.416     1.1    10.6     1.7    -6.9     5.7    -2.7 
   Footwear................................  123.294   123.441   124.364   124.059     0.2     4.1     0.9     2.5     2.1     1.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  194.963   196.398   194.993   199.181    -0.6    21.0     4.2     8.9     9.7     6.5 
   Private transportation..................  192.100   193.389   191.970   196.071    -0.8    21.4     4.2     8.5     9.7     6.3 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   93.308    93.239    93.051    92.890     2.8    -1.2    -0.4    -1.8     0.8    -1.1 
     New vehicles..........................  136.345   136.214   136.052   135.905     0.3    -1.3    -2.4    -1.3    -0.5    -1.8 
     Used cars and trucks (1)..............  138.094   138.070   137.616   137.145     8.2    -1.6     1.9    -2.7     3.2    -0.5 
    Motor fuel.............................  278.651   283.321   277.925   293.566    -8.5    77.3     8.2    23.2    27.4    15.5 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  277.354   281.140   275.644   291.449    -8.7    77.3     8.0    21.9    27.2    14.8 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  125.238   126.330   126.032   126.742     2.9     5.8     6.4     4.9     4.3     5.7 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair...  231.051   232.244   233.139   234.314     3.9     2.0     5.5     5.8     2.9     5.6 
   Public transportation...................  236.848   242.477   241.831   247.717     4.1    11.8     4.5    19.7     7.9    11.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  361.337   361.766   362.359   362.884     5.6     5.5     4.0     1.7     5.6     2.9 
   Medical care commodities................  288.297   289.297   288.672   286.461     2.9     3.7     3.6    -2.5     3.3     0.5 
   Medical care services...................  382.130   382.294   383.404   385.115     6.4     6.0     4.2     3.2     6.2     3.7 
    Professional services..................  309.636   310.053   310.676   312.553     4.8     3.3     3.0     3.8     4.1     3.4 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  520.557   521.401   524.768   527.119     7.5    10.1     9.0     5.1     8.8     7.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  109.351   109.680   109.514   109.561    -1.3     2.6     1.5     0.8     0.6     1.2 
   Video and audio (2).....................  103.080   103.333   102.975   102.431    -2.5     2.8     1.7    -2.5     0.1    -0.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  118.044   118.311   118.807   119.217     2.1     1.3     2.6     4.0     1.7     3.3 
   Education (2)...........................  174.995   175.690   176.831   177.579     4.9     5.2     5.7     6.0     5.1     5.9 
    Educational books and supplies.........  439.326   439.977   443.977   446.426    12.4     4.6     3.0     6.6     8.4     4.8 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  493.569   495.643   498.741   500.792     4.2     5.3     6.0     6.0     4.8     6.0 
   Communication (2).......................   85.917    86.014    86.243    86.495     0.0    -1.6     0.5     2.7    -0.8     1.6 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   83.992    84.091    84.320    84.511    -0.3    -1.7     0.5     2.5    -1.0     1.5 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............   98.931    99.090    99.566    99.939     1.4    -0.4     0.2     4.1     0.5     2.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.754    10.745    10.671    10.621    -9.5    -9.0     1.7    -4.9    -9.3    -1.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................  100.582   100.265    98.820    97.010   -16.1   -21.6     1.3   -13.5   -18.9    -6.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  351.684   353.001   354.577   356.181     2.3     3.4     4.7     5.2     2.9     5.0 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  577.359   576.910   578.296   583.296     4.2     5.1    10.3     4.2     4.6     7.2 
   Personal care...........................  196.315   197.507   198.597   199.078     1.5     2.6     2.1     5.7     2.1     3.9 
    Personal care products (1).............  157.877   158.730   159.585   158.993    -1.9     2.0    -1.8     2.9     0.0     0.5 
    Personal care services (1).............  221.338   223.043   223.088   223.922     1.6     2.9     4.5     4.8     2.2     4.6 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  334.915   335.975   338.418   340.592     3.0     4.0     5.2     7.0     3.5     6.1 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  175.865   176.501   176.517   178.328     1.1    11.1     3.8     5.7     6.0     4.8 
  Food and beverages.......................  208.257   208.709   210.669   211.319     5.2     4.0     4.6     6.0     4.6     5.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  157.241   157.935   157.146   159.383    -1.3    15.6     3.3     5.6     6.8     4.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  204.470   206.199   204.907   210.341    -6.4    34.1     5.5    12.0    12.1     8.7 
    Apparel................................  119.341   117.864   118.109   117.867    -1.2     2.2     2.5    -4.8     0.5    -1.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  260.305   264.997   263.062   271.995    -2.1    29.1    10.8    19.2    12.4    14.9 
   Durables................................  112.347   112.390   112.004   111.755    -0.3    -0.2    -0.4    -2.1    -0.2    -1.3 
 Services..................................  246.368   247.311   248.302   249.457     2.4     3.7     3.0     5.1     3.0     4.1 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  228.609   228.985   229.311   229.711     2.9     3.4     2.4     1.9     3.2     2.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   117.921   117.999   118.683   118.615     1.6     0.3     1.9     2.4     0.9     2.1 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  188.475   192.089   196.843   201.596    -4.8     7.0     4.8    30.9     0.9    17.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  148.883   149.296   149.736   150.387     5.8     5.4     5.5     4.1     5.6     4.8 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  145.825   147.316   148.403   149.816     2.1     2.1     4.4    11.4     2.1     7.8 
  Transportation services..................  237.465   238.681   239.245   240.862     4.0     2.2     3.8     5.8     3.1     4.8 
  Medical care services....................  382.130   382.294   383.404   385.115     6.4     6.0     4.2     3.2     6.2     3.7 
  Other services...........................  280.128   281.126   281.941   283.039     1.5     3.0     2.9     4.2     2.3     3.6 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  208.176   208.987   209.197   210.840     1.2     7.5     3.1     5.2     4.3     4.2 
 All items less shelter....................  200.052   200.946   201.457   203.388     1.4     8.6     3.8     6.8     4.9     5.3 
 All items less medical care...............  201.898   202.668   203.139   204.658     1.6     7.0     3.3     5.6     4.3     4.4 
 Commodities less food.....................  159.239   159.909   159.167   161.360    -1.1    15.1     3.3     5.4     6.7     4.4 
 Nondurables less food.....................  205.143   206.776   205.613   210.849    -5.8    31.9     5.6    11.6    11.4     8.6 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  254.991   259.253   257.678   265.929    -1.6    26.7    10.4    18.3    11.6    14.3 
 Nondurables...............................  207.202   208.560   208.946   212.335    -1.0    18.4     4.8    10.3     8.3     7.5 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  235.467   237.009   238.684   240.775     2.4     3.2     3.5     9.3     2.8     6.4 
 Services less medical care services.......  236.298   237.254   238.224   239.416     2.5     3.0     2.8     5.4     2.7     4.1 
 Energy....................................  230.458   234.853   234.484   244.995    -6.3    45.4     7.7    27.7    16.7    17.3 
 All items less energy.....................  206.471   206.792   207.378   207.772     2.9     2.7     2.8     2.5     2.8     2.7 
  All items less food and energy...........  206.548   206.833   207.131   207.468     2.4     2.4     2.4     1.8     2.4     2.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  141.277   141.117   141.088   140.914     1.0     0.3     1.4    -1.0     0.6     0.2 
    Energy commodities.....................  281.012   286.354   281.575   297.683    -7.2    77.0     9.2    25.9    28.1    17.3 
   Services less energy services...........  252.625   253.254   253.802   254.534     3.1     3.4     2.9     3.1     3.2     3.0 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 6. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-W                      Pricing                                           May 2008 from--   Apr. 2008 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Feb.      Mar.      Apr.      May                                       
                                                          2008      2008      2008      2008    May   Mar.  Apr.  Apr.  Feb.  Mar.
                                                                                                2007  2008  2008  2007  2008  2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      207.254   209.147   210.698   212.788   4.5   1.7   1.0   4.2   1.7   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      221.702   223.209   224.794   227.114   4.7   1.7   1.0   4.2   1.4   0.7 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      222.315   223.795   225.144   227.412   4.4   1.6   1.0   3.9   1.3   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      133.893   134.846   136.141   137.624   5.2   2.1   1.1   4.8   1.7   1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      197.110   198.989   200.788   202.912   4.3   2.0   1.1   4.4   1.9   0.9 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      197.549   199.378   200.989   202.969   3.9   1.8   1.0   3.9   1.7   0.8 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.695   129.922   131.354   132.867   4.7   2.3   1.2   4.9   2.1   1.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      195.774   197.864   199.325   201.494   5.1   1.8   1.1   5.0   1.8   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      202.291   204.044   205.669   207.912   4.9   1.9   1.1   4.5   1.7   0.8 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      205.588   207.336   208.511   210.748   4.8   1.6   1.1   4.3   1.4   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      129.144   130.243   131.428   132.808   4.9   2.0   1.1   4.6   1.8   0.9 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      205.523   207.600   209.641   212.533   5.5   2.4   1.4   4.5   2.0   1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      210.816   213.159   214.355   216.029   4.0   1.3   0.8   3.8   1.7   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      212.614   214.954   216.055   218.141   4.0   1.5   1.0   3.7   1.6   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.148   132.640   133.570   134.133   4.0   1.1   0.4   4.0   1.8   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      191.982   193.702   194.886   196.844   4.3   1.6   1.0   3.9   1.5   0.6 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      130.092   131.273   132.471   133.729   4.7   1.9   0.9   4.6   1.8   0.9 
   D.........................................    M      202.292   204.422   205.951   208.246   4.8   1.9   1.1   4.5   1.8   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      202.497   204.742   205.885   208.403   4.7   1.8   1.2   4.5   1.7   0.6 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      214.231   216.493   217.914   219.702   4.1   1.5   0.8   3.7   1.7   0.7 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      225.281   226.951   228.215   230.923   4.3   1.8   1.2   3.8   1.3   0.6 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1            -   232.656         -   235.419   4.4   1.2     -     -     -     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1            -   192.995         -   195.898   4.8   1.5     -     -     -     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1            -   201.892         -   206.258   5.7   2.2     -     -     -     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1            -   137.544         -   139.332   5.3   1.3     -     -     -     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2      203.473         -   205.801         -     -     -     -   4.0   1.1     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2      197.670         -   201.037         -     -     -     -   2.9   1.7     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2      185.904         -   188.463         -     -     -     -   3.1   1.4     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2      216.971         -   219.456         -     -     -     -   5.0   1.1     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2      220.718         -   223.295         -     -     -     -   4.0   1.2     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2      214.913         -   217.913         -     -     -     -   3.2   1.4     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2      216.332         -   218.483         -     -     -     -   3.8   1.0     - 

   1 Areas on pricing schedule 2 (see Table 10) will appear next month. 
   2 Regions defined as the four Census regions.  See technical notes.
   3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
   4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
   5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and
 July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI;
 Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA;
 St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
   6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.



 Table 7. Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U): U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (December 1999=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                  
                                                                                                  
                                                                                    Unadjusted    
                                                 Relative       Unadjusted      percent change to 
                                               importance,       indexes          May 2008 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              Apr.      May       May       Apr.  
                                                              2008      2008      2007      2008  
                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   123.845   124.645       3.6       0.6 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   124.243   124.741       4.8       0.4 
   Food.......................................     13.648   124.284   124.822       4.9       0.4 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   121.725   122.273       5.5       0.5 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   127.683   128.209       4.2       0.4 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   124.083   124.084       3.6       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   127.736   128.225       3.1       0.4 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   129.773   129.800       2.6       0.0 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   157.038   161.641       9.8       2.9 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    95.878    96.082      -0.3       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    91.046    89.953      -1.1      -1.2 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   131.147   134.552       6.8       2.6 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   132.100   135.497       6.6       2.6 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   120.125   123.696      10.4       3.0 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   141.421   141.469       3.8       0.0 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   125.851   124.924       2.1      -0.7 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   147.198   147.660       4.4       0.3 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   105.518   105.550       0.1       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   106.515   106.695       2.1       0.2 
   Education..................................      2.771   164.672   164.872       5.5       0.1 
   Communication..............................      3.425    73.637    73.789      -0.6       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   127.743   128.185       3.4       0.3 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   131.469   132.004       3.4       0.4 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   114.312   115.437       3.9       1.0 
  Durables....................................     11.817    83.694    83.423      -1.8      -0.3 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   130.450   132.418       6.2       1.5 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   117.211   117.245       2.0       0.0 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   203.705   217.177      16.7       6.6 

 Indexes for 2008 are initial estimates.  Indexes for 2007 are interim adjustments.
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Last Modified Date: June 13, 2008
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